Working with Libraries

We partner with libraries around the world

We partner with libraries to identify their rarest books.

With the USTC we investigate the collection

We compare the library’s catalogue with the USTC’s database.

Libraries receive a list of their rarest books

We provide the library with a list of their books in order of rarity.

Interested in learning more?

How do we work with Libraries?

Who are our partners?

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Countries
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Cities
43
Libraries
54

What Libraries are saying

“I cannot tell you how thrilled we are about PWRB. It has inspired great enthusiasm about how to implement activities at Hopkins surrounding what it has revealed, and might help to continue to reveal at an important time.”

Earle Havens, Johns Hopkins University

I do want to thank you personally for including music in the USTC. Those partbooks are challenging to catalogue, but they add a key element to the larger picture, as you know. The USTC has changed my research life!

Kate van Orden, Harvard University

“Thank you so much for your mail! You did say, when we met, that an old collection like ours was bound to contain something interesting, but this is remarkable!”

Ernst Berkje, Oslo Cathedral School

“We knew that our 150,000 patrimonial items were a treasure of unique items, but we could not imagine such a considerable number.  Be assured of our greatest gratitude for your very important and very useful work for the library, the community of researchers and bibliographers.”

Bibliothèque Méjanes, Aix-en-Provence

“This extensive list is a remarkable resource … Our major exhibition in 2018 will focus on a selection of the most intriguing and unusual items highlighted by your list.”

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Marsh’s Library, Dublin

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An Early Modern Reader Dreams with Scipio

By Neil Weijer | This week’s post is by Dr. Neil Weijer, the Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Premodern and Early Modern Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins is one of our Preserving the World’s Rarest Books partners. A small pamphlet edition of the Somnium Scipionis, now in the Johns […]

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The (Recycled) Tales of Robin Hood

By Chelsea Reutcke | Robin Hood, the legendary outlaw, has been a staple of English folklore since the mid-fifteenth century, with mentions of his name stretching back even earlier. Songs, books, radio, and movies have repeatedly recycled or expanded his story. Within the collection of The Codrington Library of All Souls College, Oxford, a different […]

Binding for Cicero's Letters

Saving Your Textbooks: Cicero’s importance to scholars of all ages

By Jamie Cumby | In 1578 a collection of Cicero’s letters was printed in Paris. As a new academic year begins, Preserving the World’s Rarest Books is highlighting a copy of this early modern educational book at Merton College Library in Oxford, one of our library partners (75.E.8(4)).  Gabriel Buon, printer of the edition, gave […]

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The USTC at the York Book Fair

By Jessica Dalton | In September, the Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC) exhibited for the first time at the Provincial Book Fairs Association York Fair: the largest antiquarian book fair in the UK.  Over the course of two days, book dealers, collectors and librarians from all over the country visited the bustling event at the York Racecourse, where more […]

Helen Smith at Women and Print

Conference Review: Women in Print

By Jessica Farrell-Jobst | The University of Birmingham recently held a conference on Women in Print, hosted by the Centre for Printing History and Culture on 13-14 September. The conference focused on research about female participants in producing, sponsoring and designing print culture. Seeking to inspire conversation about the role of women in print history, this […]

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Summer programme now open for applications

The St Andrews Book History Group welcomes applications for our summer programme. Successful applicants will spend six weeks, Monday 10 June – Friday 19 July 2019, in St Andrews as members of the group.  During this time they will be given a comprehensive introduction to the Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC), its data gathering and […]

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